When people think about the University of Michigan, they immediately think about the prestigious academics, but never fail to mention the success of the athletic program. Not only do people discuss generally about the athletic department, but more specifically talk about how amazing the football program is. For years, the Michigan football program has been one of the best in the country, always attracting incredible recruits out of high school, thus continuing the legacy of the Michigan football team. However, the 2014-15 football team is not living up to the hype of the Michigan football program. For some reason, the football team just cannot find a way to win, whether its has to do with the team chemistry or the coach, no one really knows. What we do know is that the football team needs to step up and start winning.
In addition to the difficulty to win, the Shane Morris injury did not help the Michigan football program improve.
After Shane Morris was injured during the football game by getting tackled and hurting his head, Coach Brady Hoke still put Morris back into the game. Was it Hoke’s fault? The answer to the question is unclear.
As a result of the LSA theme of the semester being Sport and the University, it is important to connect the Michigan football program and the Morris injury to the theme. Shane Morris, a sophomore quarterback at the University of Michigan, is a student athlete.
I understand Morris came to Michigan in order to play football, however Morris is ultimately a student first. By letting Morris play in the game despite having signs of a concussion puts his academic career at a significant risk. Morris can get permanently injured from playing with a concussion, thus causing some major concern on how the Michigan football program operates in regards to injuries. What is the most concerning is whether or not Morris or any other football player are truly being valued as students and not just players. This concern is a legitimate worry because the football players have to do well in school just as any other student at Michigan. Morris and the rest of the players have to attend classes and study a great amount; therefore putting Morris back in the game is not fair to Morris or any of the other players on the football team. The Morris injury just opens many eyes on whether or not the football program values the fact that the football players are students as well. As we study in class about how Sport and the University relate, it is always interesting when something happens that has connections to the course material. The Morris injury is just one of many that show how relevant this theme is.
The real question right now is whether or not the Michigan football team will clean up its act. Michigan football needs to return to the way it was when it truly cared about the students on the team and start winning football games. However as Michigan fans, we never give up and always stand by our team. Go blue!